Changes for under 21s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 27 Sep 2013 at 09:42
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Etienne Fynn has been forced into changes ahead of this afternoon’s under 21 game against the Leopards at Kings Park.

Outside centre Tyler Fisher took another knock to an already troublesome shoulder last week, meaning a rest for him today. Big Gareth Meikle, who’s impressed as a replacement 12 when called upon this year, enjoys a start at 13 in the only change to the backline.

Up front, Stephan Lewies’s elevation to the senior side opens a gap fro Wade Elliot to start in the number 5 jersey. Elliot scored a cracking try against Free State last week, but will need to take on a huge amount of extra responsibility as a starter in such a key position. Pretoria Boys High’s Simon Kerrod also comes in for a start at tight head, with Maks van Dyk called up travel to Johannesburg with the senior squad, just in case.

Changes on the bench thus see Junior Bok Marne Coetzee in for Kerrod at 17 and Lungisa Mlaba for Elliot at 18. Mike Bernardt returns to the number 22 jersey this week as well, occupying the spot vacated by Meikle.

The game kicks off at 3pm and entrance is free.

Sharks under 21: 15 Sean Robinson, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Gareth Meikle, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Alcino Isaacs, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Guy Alexander, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Wade Elliot, 4 Wiehan Hay, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Franco Marais (capt), 1 Allan Dell
Subs: 16 Greg Bauer, 17 Marne Coetzee, 18 Lungisa Mlaba, 19 Dylan Nel, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Duncan Campbell, 22 Michael Bernardt


  • Hopefully someone will give us some score upadates for the game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.09.13 12:30:32 by luyanda Reply
  • hi guys I heard Andrew van Tonder is joining the Lions next year why are we losing good players to other unions

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.09.13 14:29:30 by SWAZIBOY Reply
  • Duncan Campbell ,touted as the next Dan Carter by KZN school boys, huge talent but unfortunately hasn’t had the easiest of times at school or after it. Good to see him back from the Lions.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.09.13 14:36:14 by Talent Reply
  • Nice team. Some future stars there. Hope we see some of Khaya Majola and Wade Elliot in the future.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.09.13 14:38:20 by Talent Reply
  • Andre Eesthuizen ,phenomenal talent.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.09.13 14:39:21 by Talent Reply
  • @SWAZIBOY (Comment 2) : would be quite sad if van Tonder went… he is a talent, but he’s behind boys who are older. Sometimes it just happens that way at u21 level.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.09.13 14:40:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks ahead by 16-13 at half time

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.09.13 16:07:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks win 33-13, but only 3 tries.

    Esterhuizen, Ungerer, Venter

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.09.13 16:56:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • sad to see any player leaving for other unions…van tonder won’t be the first believe me.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.09.13 14:53:49 by sharksupport Reply

  • @sharksupport (Comment 9) : yes, always sad, but also unrealistic to expect every junior who ever pulls on the jersey for 5 minutes to be offered a senior contract.

    Van Tonder got his chance to play under 19 last year because Johan Meyer was injured. Now Meyer is back and taking his chances superbly for the under 21s. That’s unfortunately just the way the biscuit breaks sometimes.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.09.13 09:51:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 11, posted at 30.09.13 10:32:54 by SWAZIBOY Reply

  • @SWAZIBOY (Comment 11) : I’m sorry, what?

    Is it possible I could ask you to stop typing all in caps?

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.09.13 10:35:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry about the caps,to get back to your 5 minutes the boy was awarded U19 forward player of the year so I don’t understand how this year he does not even make the bench

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.09.13 11:13:04 by SWAZIBOY Reply

  • @SWAZIBOY (Comment 13) : explain to me what the Swazi connection is with van Tonder? As far as I can tell he was born and bred in Joburg…

    Look, the thing you need to bear in mind is that, apart from Meyer, that entire Sharks u21 pack is in their second year of u21 rugby. Sure, it’s touch for Andrew, but if the kid sticks around and works harder, he’ll be in the mix again next year, I’m sure.

    I get so sick of juniors throwing their toys and “going to the Lions” (who frankly will contract ANYONE) every time a selection decision doesn’t go their way.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.09.13 11:16:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SWAZIBOY (Comment 13) : oh – and the 5 minutes thing wasn’t a reference specifically to van Tonder. As I’ve said before, I rate the kid and I know he had a great under 19 season last year.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.09.13 11:17:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • To explain the Swazi connection Andrews Dad owns Garden view restaurant in Manzini where we watch the games and we also met Andrew there so he is very close to our hearts

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.09.13 11:30:45 by SWAZIBOY Reply

  • @SWAZIBOY (Comment 16) : I understand – and always great for a young player to have such a strong support base.

    I also know it can be very tough to see selection decisions go against players that that you’re personally close to.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.09.13 11:32:32 by robdylan Reply
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